My Last Climb and Repel

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A two hundred and fifty foot climb and repel. One of the things that I had to give up for marriage….she said it was too dangerous. Well I was working in a prison at the time, and I would think that to be even more dangerous. Oh well….I thank the Lord for being loved by such a caring Person.

People often ask me what I got out of mountain climbing and why I miss it so much. Well… I used to climb trees when I was a kid, (the higher the better) and I got a surge that ran through my body as the wind blew in my ears. The surge became stronger as I reached the top. It was so powerful that it made me sleepy at times (I’ve fallen asleep in many a tree when I was a child). I enjoyed looking down on the houses and buildings but the joy was in the climb. It’s hard to explain, but every limb felt as if it was an accomplishment.

When it comes to mountain climbing (which I truly love although I’ve only climbed a few times as the practice was put to an end by my significant other) it’s a whole new ball game. When climbing a mountain, every decision counts. The mere reality of the phrase “point of no return” sets in. While climbing, I would come to an agreement with myself that there was no ground; only the sky. However, I would always look down after I was about 50 meters from the top. And that was where the effect of the beauty would set in.

Let it be known that I am a God fearing man, and looking down on trees that were thirty (30) to fifty (50) meters high as if they were bushes gave me a perspective as to how small I am to God. Looking down on a small portion of his glory made a tear fall from my eye. Then there are the people whom you meet. Those were some of the most interesting and friendly people I’ve ever met. Some of them were down right lovable.

I never consider myself an outdoors-men, I’m merely a person who enjoys the outdoors and what it has to offer. We all came from nature, therefore we change when we are in nature. The world and all of its troubles don’t seem to matter as much out there. I was focused on the climb and learning from those who are true climbers and outdoors-men.

Climbing Indoor/Outdoor in New Paltz, NY

The inner wallCome to the indoor rock climbing gym located in New Paltz, NY, perfect location, just outside the world-famous Shawangunk Ridge (“The Gunks”).

This is a family oriented climbing facility for adults and children ages 6 and older. Walk-ins are welcome. After school as well as summer programs are available

(845) 255-7625

234 Main St. New Paltz, N.Y. 12561

Viking River Cruises

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The Viking Embla Longship is a company that Cruises Europe.  Personally, I have never had big interest in Europe, but the Embla longship has amazing features which arose my curiosity. Staterooms and suites with a view from your bed; and this is the same for every room. The suites have a library, a coffee station and more. The food comes from the herb garden on the deck. Watch the video and enjoy.


The following is the company’s website.



Eastern Mountain Sports

 Eastern Mountain Sports


Eastern Mountain Sports also known as EMS, sells outdoor clothing and equipment in the United States. They sell name brands as well as their own line. EMS provides equipment for most all outdoor sports including climbing, canoeing, camping, kayaking and paddle boarding just to name a few. EMS also holds classes or what they call schools. Some of the classes offered are rock climbing, kayaking paddle boarding and skiing.

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To all of you adventure seekers, all of you weekend outdoors men and women and to all of you who work and thrive outdoors. Eastern Mountain Sports has what you need. I have purchased a white water kayak, and an Old Town canoe from this place. I find the staff very helpful and knowledgeable.


WOW!! Look at that lady and that scenery; just beautiful! I could marry her all over again.

The following is a quote from the company

The adventurer’s heart is a spellbinding mix of passions – a fire that burns to explore the limits of both nature and self. And to push those passions to the max every single time they take it outside, we at Eastern Mountain Sports know that every adventurer needs to believe in every single thing that’s in their pack – starting with the pack itself.

But reliable and functional outerwear and gear is only the beginning. For us, value that’s also valuable begins with great people. From the product design process to expert guidance about its practical application all across the great outdoors, we share your passions – our outdoor heritage isn’t just about what we sell, it’s about who we are.

Authentic adventures. Elevating everything. That’s why we started this whole thing in 1967. It’s why we continue to push ourselves to seek new adventures. And most of all, it’s why we’re proud to be with you in our favorite outdoor playgrounds.


Follow the link to EMS products



Discover a land of magic, mystery, lore and thrilling natural beauty.

Nestled among the highest peaks of the Catskill Mountains, and rising above the verdant Hudson River Valley, the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offers the ultimate four-season destination for families, outdoor adventure seekers, or those looking to get away from it all. Located just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston, the area offers a variety of attractions, unique events and festivals, as well as endless outdoor activities- all in an incredible natural setting.

I believe this is a wonderful experience for children, and just right for the adventure seeker.


Visitor Center Open Year-Round!

Exit 21 off NYS Thruway, 700Rte. 23B, Leeds, NY 12451




River expeditions

There is something new to be explored every day. And with so many unique adventures in the New River Gorge, it isn’t hard to make each day here one to remember. Like you, we work hard and play harder. We understand that vacation time is valuable so choosing the right outfitter isn’t something you should be confused about, it’s something to be confident in. River Expeditions is the only family owned and operated adventure resort in West Virginia; offering a level of personal service and hospitality that only a family brings to their own business.

River expeditions2We’ve been rafting since 1972 and we know that well done is better than well said. We are humbled to live and work in such an amazing place and share our passion for adventure with each of our guests. With over 70 years of combined outfitting experience, we offer a level of personal service and distinction that only comes from a family owned and operated business. So when you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure vacation, make sure you choose the right outfitter.

River Expeditions is the new home of Rivers Resort, Extreme Expeditions, USA Raft and Appalachian Wildwaters. Combining the best elements of each company, you’ll find the atmosphere at River Expeditions relaxed, friendly and casual. It’s the kind of place where you can truly enjoy yourself and your surroundings during your stay. Discover the true spirit of West Virginia through history, nature, culture and scenic beauty with River Expeditions as your host.

River Expeditions lodgingWe offer all-inclusive adventure packages including West Virginia’s newest zipline and, of course, incredible whitewater. Diverse lodging options, including cabins classed from rustic to luxury are available, in addition to dining options such as our restaurant and the new Red Dog River Saloon & Grill. Packages also include great amenities such as our outdoor pool, lodge, meeting space/conference room, and much more. You’ll experience quality adventures, exceptional service, and unequaled value. And while everything is conveniently available on site at River Expeditions, we encourage you to explore the distinctive shops, eateries and attractions in nearby Fayetteville – voted on of “America’s Coolest Small Towns.” After all, the joy is in the journey.


river expeditions 3 PNGExperience nature’s playground in West Virginia’s New River Gorge on our famed rivers, mountains and trails. River Expeditions offers exciting, highly interactive adventures for all ages and skill levels. In addition to whitewater rafting and scenic float trips, we make other unique adventures available like ATV tours, zip lines, rock climbing, paintball, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, catwalk tours, hiking and more.


River Expeditions 4Renew your sense of adventure and zest for life as you get back to nature and explore the outdoors. West Virginia’s beautiful landscape is the perfect background for these great excursions. For your convenience, we have secured the best rates with our adventure partners so you only have to make one call to create an all-inclusive vacation package. Let us know what adventures you want to experience and leave the details to us.


river expeditions 5 cabin PNGEnjoy all the comforts of home in our beautiful five queen bedroom luxury cabins nestled in the woods at River Expeditions Adventure Resort. These cabins offer the perfect West Virginia getaway. Enjoy nearby Wolf Creek and explore our on-site hiking area at your leisure or relax in your own private hot tub on the porch.


Each Luxury Cabin features a full kitchen, two full baths, sofa and love seat, gas fireplace, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, central heat and a/c, linens and towels, private hot tub and gas grill on porch, plus fire ring and picnic table outside. Each cabin sleeps up to 10; 2-night minimum; linen service with 3+ nights.

If you’re feeling more energetic, take advantage of all of the River Expeditions amenities, including paintball, sand volleyball, horseshoes, outdoor pool and hot tub, and evening entertainment at the Fire Creek Lodge and the Red Dog River Saloon ™.

900 Broadway Avenue

Oak Hill, WV 25901


These are wonderful experiences for family and friends. I see the family of today as a unit that has been damaged or weathered from the effect of the changing generations and time. Although these activities may not be a cure-all, they may serve as a mending to allow the injuries to heal.

Welcome to Fishing Monroe County

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From Lake Ontario to the Genesee River, to Sandy Creek and Irondequoit Bay, Monroe County has some of the finest fishing in the nation. Salmon, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye, pike, largemouth and small mouth bass, perch and panfish are some of the many varieties you will find here.

It is abundantly clear that fishing has, and continues to have, an incredible influence on managing for clean water, healthy aquatic habitats, healthy fisheries populations, and abundant and quality angling opportunities. We encourage you to spend some time on the water enticing the fish that inhabit the watershed that you live in.

Get Your NYS Fishing License Today & Know the Local Regulations


Coming to fish Monroe County or NYS?  Be sure to stop into a local tackle shop when you arrive to pick up your fishing license.  You can also purchase your license online.

You should take a moment to review the local fishing regulations.  Know what fish are in season and what the legal limits and lengths are.  If you have any questions about the regulations or need to report any violations witnessed, please visit the following link to view the appropriate channels for contacting the DEC:

Contact the DEC

These are wonderful experiences for family and friends. Fishing has always been tops in my family.

Founded in 1986, the Senecal Lake Wine Trail is a 501C-6, non-profit organization dedicated to its member wineries. We are not unlike your local Chamber of Commerce, except where our members are all wineries, rather than the usual mix of businesses associated with Chambers. Our members are all independently owned and operated businesses, and collectively run the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and its modest business office. Our member wineries are complex businesses that require the gamut of skills ranging from agriculture/farming, chemistry, art, human resources, retail, marketing, advertising, etc. Some members employ dozens of fulltime staff running a substantial tourism based busines, yet in October can be found in the vineyards, harvesting the grapes personally. Other members are owned, and managed by multi-generational families. The wineries of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail are real, local, industrious and determined businesses that hope to help sustain a beautiful and prosperous region.

Much more information can be found about the Trail, our member wineries, events, activities and other relevant businesses and experiences all around Seneca Lake and throughout the Finger Lakes Region of western, central New York State by clicking around in this site, becoming a fan of the Trail at Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up to receive a mere 6-10 informatively entertaining emails per year.

There are exceptions to all the following generalizations, and before embarking on a trip to visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and our member wineries, we encourage you to call the individual wineries themselves for answers to any questions, or the offices of the Trail itself, weekdays, at 877-536-2717.

friends on seneca lake 03 2Our wineries are open all year and contrary to popular belief, for those that are visiting to enjoy and learn about our wines, the best time of year to visit the wineries are doing the slowest months of January-April. That is not to say that you aren’t welcome to visit any time of the year, but it is during the slower months, especially on weekdays, that the wineries are slowest, with senior staff at the tasting bar, making for a quietly personal experience. Winery operating hours vary, but the hours of the day that most wineries are open most of the time is 11am – 5pm. Some open earlier, others stay open later, but that is the average schedule most days. Sundays, more wineries tend to open near noon. During the deep winter some of our member wineries cull back the number of days they are open, perhaps only opening Friday-Sunday of a given week, for example. Many, however, are literally open all year long, only closing for major holidays like Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years.

For 1-7 people wanting to partake in a wine tour, it’s as simple as hopping in a vehicle and visiting the wineries. For 8 or more people (this policy varies by winery) it is sometimes necessary to make an appointment, so the winery can make sure to have enough staff on hand to serve your group. While there is never harm in hiring a professional liveried driver and vehicle to drive you and your party to the wineries, having a designated driver in your own vehicle is equally responsible. Wineries serve only 1 ounce samples of wine to visitors, always provide spit buckets, and so a person can also safely and responsibly visit our member wineries and drive themselves. The wineries are too far apart to be walked. Seneca Lake is about 35 miles long, with wineries positioned all around the lake, making it even challenging for the fittest bicyclists.

There is no fee to enter the wineries, and people of all ages are permitted in the tasting room of our member wineries. Of course only people 21+ years old are permitted to sample wine. Most wineries do charge a modest tasting fee, forFriends Wine Trail 0012 several small samples of wine. Fees and number of samples vary by winery. Sometimes wineries will refund your tasting fee with your first purchase, though not always. Rare, however, is the winery that charges a person a tasting fee after they’ve just bought a case of wine, for example.

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail also markets and helps manage large, Trail-wide wine and food pairing weekend events. These popular, ticketed events typically take place at most of our member wineries, with attendees driving from one winery to the next throughout the 2 1/2 day long event. Wine is food, and wine is best paired with food. Our events highlight that philosophy, enabling participants to experience dozens of wine/food pairing samples, discovering their own new favorite pairings. Attendees can then buy a bottle or more of that wine, and using the provided recipe, introduce that same dynamic combination to friends and family back home. Our Trail Events section of this site, link above, provides more information about various individual events.

We hope you find this site useful, informative and engaging and at the same time sincerely hope your visit to our member wineries is both entertaining, educational and beyond everything else, delicious. Please drink responsibly. Also, please be kind to the staff at our wineries. Without fail they’re dedicated, hardworking people doing their best to help you have a terrific, memorable visit in our region.

This is the  perfect weekend getaway!!

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Contact Us

Glenda Stermer-Simpson             Office Manager           877-536-2717

Paul Thomas      Executive Director           607-535-8080


Discover a land of magic, mystery, lore and thrilling natural beauty.


NORTHENR CATSKILLS OF GREENE COUNTY 1231Nestled among the highest peaks of the Catskill Mountains, and rising above the verdant Hudson River Valley, the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offers the ultimate four-season destination for families, outdoor adventure seekers, or those looking to get away from it all. Located just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston, the area offers a variety of attractions, unique events and festivals, as well as endless outdoor activities- all in an incredible natural setting.

A wonderful experience for children. There’s education and fun.

Visitor Center Open Year-Round!

Exit 21 off NYS Thruway, 700Rte. 23B, Leeds, NY 12451